Leon Powers

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‘At Cypress Pavilion I focus on the common ailment of pain and systemic medical conditions. In addition, through community interactions and teaching, my goal is to foster understanding of Chinese medicine and expand its application through research.’

Unlike most individuals, my interest and involvement with Chinese medicine did not start with a personal friend or an acquaintance’s health condition. Instead, it was the result of an involved road of study and research in philosophy and martial arts.  I started studying various schools of Chinese thought in my early teens, and continued through university where I obtained my Masters of Science degree in Physics. At the same time I became involved in the study of various martial arts based upon these schools of thought.

My first trip to China was facilitated through the Association for Traditional Studies to study martial arts with Dr. Xie Peiqi. During one of his lectures Dr. Xie showed a coin and pointed out that it only has value when both sides are imprinted. Martial arts and medicine are two sides of the same coin, and for either to be of value both must be studied. During subsequent trips over four years I studied the medical and martial foundations from Dr. Xie and how everything can be approached from understanding and application of the Bagua, and its extension the Yi Jing. This was the first time I had experienced an organic presentation of the schools of study I had followed since my teens. It was a vibrant all encompassing approach to life.

After Dr. Xie’s passing I focused my medical studies in classical Chinese medicine – Applied Channel Theory and the Balance Method of Drs. Wang Ju-Yi and Richard Tan respectively.  Dr. Xie taught me the basis for understanding through the Bagua; Dr. Wang enabled me to apply this knowledge through an understanding of the channel systems and their relation to physiology and systemic function; Dr. Tan guided me in the directions of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.  While all three of these great doctors have passed away,  their unselfish sharing of knowledge has left for posterity their vast experiences. This has provide a way for the continued advancement of not only Chinese Medicine but Medicine as a whole.

Since 2007 I have been an instructing faculty member at PIHMA transmitting  knowledge I was fortunate enough to receive through my many years of study.  I work to empower our clients to fine tune their health and experience unfettered physical activity.  I also seek to support professionals looking to expand and refine their understanding of the classical Chinese approach towards healthcare through Continuing Education.